CARGO HANDLING ROSE 6 PERCENT AT PORT OF VANCOUVER IN '91

CARGO HANDLING ROSE 6 PERCENT AT PORT OF VANCOUVER IN '91

The Port of Vancouver handled 70.71 million metric tons of cargo during 1991, according to figures released by Vancouver Port Corp.

This was a 6 percent increase over the 66.4 million tons handled last year.Record coal, grain, pulp and containerized shipments helped boost the port's tonnage past the 70 million-ton mark for only the second time in its history. The totals fell slightly shy of the all-time record 71.3 million tons set in 1988.

Soft demand for fertilizer led to a decrease in potash and sulfur shipments and general cargo dropped 10 percent.

Coal remained the largest volume commodity with 25.4 million tons, followed by 13.4 million tons of grain. Bulk cargo of all types accounted for 86 percent of total shipments.

Containerized cargo soared 19 percent, reaching a record 383,563 in 20-foot container equivalents and 3.3 million tons.

The port also handled a record 423,928 passengers in the Alaska cruise sector.

"The Port of Vancouver's strong showing in 1991 proves that Canada continues to be very active in the global marketplace," said Patrick Reid, chairman of Vancouver Port Corp.